Ahead of the 10th anniversary of legendary singer Michael Jackson’s death, ABC will explore the performer’s life and legacy in the upcoming two-hour primetime television documentary, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.
Produced by ABC News, the special profiles Jackson through interviews with the people he knew alongside never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News anchors Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer. The Last Days also includes new interviews with Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, one of the dancers who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, the Jackson impersonator who was hired as his decoy at public events; and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day he died.
From his youthful days of fronting the Jackson 5 to his superstar solo career, Jackson captivated the world with his dance moves and his showmanship. He would go on to create the biggest-selling album of all time, breaking records and racial barriers throughout his career.
In his later years, Jackson focused more on his three children. However, facing legal and financial challenges, Jackson announced in March 2009 a series of 10 final performances for the singer, appropriately titled “This Is It.” With quick ticket sales, the number of concert dates ballooned to 50. But behind the scenes, the stress of a comeback was taking a toll on the performer. Only 18 days before the debut performance Jackson passed away due to a combination of drugs in his system.
The special is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer. Muriel Pearson is executive producer.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson premieres May 24 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.